What is the Radyr & Morganstown Festival

Normally, a two week May Festival held within the Radyr & Morganstown communities of Cardiff, organised by the Radyr and Morganstown Association (RMA). Hosting multiple events arranged by local groups to suit all interests.  The Festival aims to bring the community together whilst simultaneously raising funds for nominated charities.

We are currently working on the Festival Events schedule for May 2023 in the hope that after a return to our more traditional format for 2022 we can build to resuming a  full progamme of indoor and outdoor events safely following our suspension in previous years due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Festival Charity

The Festival Charity for 2023 is the British Heart Foundation Cymru

BHF Wales - Red heart

With donations from the public, the BHF funds ground-breaking research that will get us closer than ever to a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. A world where broken hearts are mended, where millions more people survive a heart attack, where the number of people dying from or disabled by a stroke is slashed in half. A world where people affected by heart and circulatory diseases get the support they need. And a world of cures and treatments we can’t even imagine today.

The Festival Committee are working closely with the fundraising team from British Heart Foundation Cymru who are looking to create a local fundraising group in Radyr & Morganstown to ensure that they can make the most of opportunities to raise funds and awareness through their year.

A Message From Our Chairman

(Updated March 2023)

Welcome to the Association’s 36th Radyr and Morganstown May Festival. Last year’s Festival was run whilst the effects of Covid were still fresh in everyone’s mind. Whilst all our outdoor events were very well attended, even better than pre-lockdown in most cases, attendance at indoor events was well down in all cases. We really hope that this will be rectified this year and we will get back to normal levels.

Our charity this year is the British Heart Foundation. Heart disease is something that has affected many local people so we hope you will give generously during the year. There will be the normal Festival Draw, and a book of raffle tickets will be distributed in every copy of the Radyr Chain along with a copy of the programme. They will also be available at events during the festival.

The Festival extends for over two weeks with events aimed to appeal to residents of all ages and to both families and individuals. Full details of all events can be found on our Festival Website, www.rmfestival.org.uk and on our Facebook Page, @RadyrAndMorganstownHub. Regular updates can also be found on Twitter @RMHub.

The theme for this years Festival is “Hearts and Crowns”. The Coronation is taking place on Saturday 6th May, so to leave the day free we have moved our “Party in the Park” to Sunday 7th. There will be our normal bar, with Real ale available. So, come along, bring a picnic if you like, but be assured our BBQ with burgers and hot dogs will be running as usual, to celebrate both the Festival and the Coronation.

This year the Drama Society Production of Murdered to Death will start the Festival on 26th to 28th April. It will be followed on Saturday 29th with the Festival Fete. This will be bigger than ever and will be held at Radyr Primary School. There will be Circus events where youngsters can  participate, the choirs and orchestras of the two local primary schools will be performing and we even hope to have some Maypole Dancing. In the evening we have our first concert, A Choral concert at Christ Church organized by Cardiff West Rotary. We have two new events this year, a “Pint of Science Night” and a wine and cheese evening. The Open Gardens and plant stall have moved to Bank Holiday Monday 8th to accommodate the other Coronation moves. Full details of these, and all other events are in the printed programme and on this website.

I would like to thank the Festival Committee and all our other helpers, without whom the Festival could not take place. I would also like to thank Radyr and Morganstown Community Council for their grant.

During the Festival there will also be two competitions. A children’s literary competition and a children’s drawing competition.
Please come along to as many events as possible where you will hopefully meet up with many of your friends and neighbours.

We look forward to seeing you all.

David Silver, Chair Festival Committee

2023 Festival Committee

Chairman: David Silver, Secretary: Chris Wills

Alan Buckle, Allan Cook, Betty Fitzgerald, Bob Roberts, Carys Jenkins, Chris Dale, Chris St Leger, Claire Davies, Claire Skidmore, David Cargill, Emma Allfree, Eric Blackwell, Gill Evans, Ian Thomas, Julie Davies, Karen Wright, Maggie Roberts, Mark Aston, Mark Richards, Nick Cook, Nick Hawkins, Peter Fortune, Philip Head, Rosanne Holmes, Richard Wales, Terry Fitzgerald, Tom Evans, Val Allen.

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